Help Forum/Archive 3


In other wikies I can set in my preferences to receive an email on every change in my watchlist pages. Why here not? --Pierpao (talk) 08:38, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

@Pierpao: That option is present even at this wiki: Special:Preferences#mw-input-wpenotifwatchlistpages. --Glaisher (talk) 16:53, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

Mobile sc.wikipedia

Hello, sorry if that's not the right place for this kind of question, I don't know Meta very well. I'm trying to create the mobile mainpage for sc.wikipedia, but everytime I try the one modified is the desktop one. What am I doing wrong? L2212 (talk) 13:23, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

@L2212: Even when you are editing a page through a mobile, you are editing the same page as the desktop version. To make a certain element of the main page to be visible on mobile version, then you need to enclose that element within <div id="mf-xyz"> ... </div> tags. For example, if you want "Artìculu de custu mese" section to be visible in the mobile version, then you would use something like this: <div id="mf-xyz">{{Printzipale:Artìculu mese}}</div>. For full instructions, see mw:Mobile Gateway/Mobile homepage formatting. --Glaisher (talk) 16:26, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
@Glaisher:Ok, I will try now. Thank you very much!--L2212 (talk) 18:38, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

reviewed edits in last changes

In recent changes, even if I click "hide reviewed edits" I still see autopatrolled, admins, and stewards users. Why?--Pierpao (talk) 15:40, 12 August 2014 (UTC)


Hello, I'm georeferencing some articles on, but every time I put the template I see that on top there is not the OpenStreetMap map button, like in it.wikipedia, es.wikipedia, ca.wikipedia etc. How can I put that too?--L2212 (talk) 23:15, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

You need the gadget OpenStreetMap. Ruslik (talk) 19:37, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
I imported that, but I was trying to abilitate that for everyone. But I found the way and modified the Common.js. Thank you very much anyway!--L2212 (talk) 18:30, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
This can be done by a gadget as well. See mw:Extension:Gadgets. Ruslik (talk) 19:17, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Ah, ok, thanks!--L2212 (talk) 16:18, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

Parameterized Categories?

Is there a way to create a parameterized category?

Sometimes you want to group/categorize pages/articles based on that only vary by a pre-defined parameter.
If there were a way to define a category-page as an expression instead of a static "dumb" string it would save a lot of work and generally make life easier.

the category pages: 1-person-games, 2-person-games, 3-person-games, ..., n-person-games
could be simplified as only one category page defined (for example) as: Category:{dd?}-person-games
{ = start of expression
} = end of expression

since { and } are invalid characters in page names they would need to be interpreted as a place-holder for an expression and not as the actual page name.

The actual page-name would be the complete evaluation of the expression...perhaps this is not possible and a new namespace is needed...the example here is just to describe the feature not to really suggest the technical implementation.

So the definition for a parameterized category page could be something like this:
"<" and ">" enclose required parts. (<REQUIRED>)
"[" and "]" enclose optional parts. ([OPTIONAL])
"|" denotes XOR, use one, not both or none.
"...n" repeat previous any number of times.
Names in capitals are placeholders defined elsewhere.

STATIC_TEXT = a valid wikimedia page name.
REG_EX = a subset of RegEx (perhaps these?: d, w, +, ?, [, A-Z, a-z, 0-9, ] )

So when an article refer to the category "48-person-games" it would be referring to the page "Category:{dd?}-person-games" and when clicking the link the user should see a category page named "48-person-games"..there should be no visual difference between a "normal" category page and a parameterized category page when looking at it when the parameter is set, that is, it is in the URL.

Perhaps this already exist and I just haven't found it? unsigned comment by (talk)

You may want to read about mw:help:magic words and mw:Lua_scripting. Ruslik (talk) 16:12, 12 October 2014 (UTC)

Lost everything

I have been developing a document under username jahmedca. I edited, saved the page and now find nothing. Help please unsigned comment by Jahmedca (talk)

Did you mean that? ~ Nahid Talk 20:44, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Problem with sintax

Hello, I'm a sysop at sc.wikipedia, and I have a problem with some of the templates there. I don't know why, but the templates for the national sports teams are giving me this result:

[[Natzionale de rugby XV

de su

Galles|Galles ]]

instead of Galles (it should also have a flag).

I've tried correcting it, even comparing that with the italian wikipedia. I even tried copying the code from to, and still it didn't work. I really dont't know who to ask to.

The templates:

--L2212 (talk) 16:34, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

Something strange. Will look later. Ruslik (talk) 02:00, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
In subtemplates there were (and are in some) spurious line breaks between the closing includeonly tag and the opening noinclude tag. I removed them in several subtemplates, so at least at w:sc:Ses_Natzionis they work now. Ruslik (talk) 11:40, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
Ah, ok! I will work on the other ones then. Thank you very much!--L2212 (talk) 19:54, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

Request for a local delinker ( bot, please

(cross-posted from Meta:Babel) - Hi. As you know Meta-Wiki is one of the few wikis that allow local hosting of files. A couple of years ago we decided that uploads should be restricted to prevent the increase of files that are better suited for commons, and the upload of copyright violations. Recently WMF is conducting a File metadata cleanup drive and some of us are still interested in Meta:MetaProject to Overhaul Meta/Image review 2013 to remove copyvios, transfer files to commons when appropriate and add information to other files. I wonder if somebody would be so charitative to run a copy of the locally so that localy deleted files can be delinked from pages, to avoid red links. Actually Category:Pages with broken file links hosts 1,000+ pages with broken file links, something that would be so tedious to do manually. I also beg interested users to join the image review and the metadata cleanup projects and help to clean up and organize the files we actually host. Many thanks in advance for your help. Best regards. -- M\A 14:07, 22 December 2014 (UTC)


Bowburr's complaint


I have several advanced degrees, am a published author, and am informed I have an above-average IQ, but I can't figure out (1) how to add photos to which I hold copyright to articles which ask for photographs to be uploaded, and (2) how to add correct information to existing articles. My areas of expertise range from Southeast Asian studies to U.S. history, and I have the publications to proved it, but this system seems to determined to exclude people who are not computer programmers.

If some adept geek wants, I will just upload what I have and you can fit it in. Otherwise it would be nice if Wikipedia really were open to knowledgeable people like me who don't know computer language. The only other website that so difficult is Harvard's. Like-- NOW -- where is the send button?

I can be reached at the following email address:

Hi, You may find Commons tutorial for contributing images and wikipedia tutorial for editing articles helpful. It's not that complicated when you get used to it. And BTW, We usually don't ans via email. Thanks! ~ Nahid Talk 12:45, 25 December 2014 (UTC)

Category not working?

What ever

I had also tried to find out some category but I also discovered that its not working.

Exactly, Which category you'r talking about? Everything seems fine to me. ~ Nahid Talk 12:49, 25 December 2014 (UTC)

Private Binds like vent?

can't seem to find a yes or no to this or how to set it up sorry if its in plain site i just don't see it Ty for your time

Can you please explain a bit more? ~ Nahid Talk 12:53, 25 December 2014 (UTC)


How I make a simple page?—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Titanic225 (talk)

Hi, Did you mean How to start a page? ~ Nahid Talk 19:51, 24 December 2014 (UTC)

Moving article

Help! I need assistant. I make an error of double transfer the article and it is now missing. How can I recover the article content?

Can anyone assist /advice me on this. Thanks in advance. Yosri (talk) 22:22, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
Fixed (I undeleted the deleted revisions at ms:Bandaraya Mexico and reverted the last change). Ruslik (talk) 18:41, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

Repossessing a page/changing info

Hi there,

I'm working for an artist as her community manager and she wants to change some information mentioned in a page she doesn't own. How can I proceed? Can I just create a new page?

Thanks for answering

What is the page? Ruslik (talk) 18:35, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

How to take a .jpg already on Wiki and replace it with the same picture but 'developed' better.

Minnie Minoso just died and a picture on his page is very dark. If you look you will see. I downloaded this same picture and 'made it better' so you can see his face much better and I need HELP submitting it. There are no 'rights' issues because it's already up on Wiki and this is the picture: Thanks, Paul —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Freesumpin (talk)

The file is on Commons here, you should be able to upload your new version there. Specifically, look under the "File history" at the bottom of a page for the "Upload a new version of this file" link. Just make sure you comply with COM:OVERWRITE. Revent (talk) 02:48, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
To quote that page, If digital restoration work is being done on a historical document or artwork, the restoration (no matter how minor) should always be uploaded under a new filename from the original file, providing a link back to the source on which it was based in the new file's "other versions" field. Maybe you should upload a new file and change all the uses to the new one. PiRSquared17 (talk) 03:07, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Problem with category display in MonoBook and Vectro

I used MonoBook theme and had the same category display:

-a -d -g

-b -e -h

-c -f

There was 3 columns for list of articles in category. Now (4 March) I see it like






There is 1 column. How to deal with it? 11:56, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

Is it possible to merge accounts?

I had local account on Polish wiki called "Simplex". Recently it was automatically renamed to an undesired name (because there was already a person on a Romanian wiki with the same username). I also have a global account "SimplexPL" registered at the same email address as the renamed account. I would like to have the edits history from both accounts under one account "SimplexPL", I do not need Simplex~plwiki" anymore, if I can preserve edits from it. Is it possible to have the accounts merged, or at least to move my edits done on Polish wiki using "Simplex~plwiki" account to global "SimplexPL" account? I am the sole owner of both accounts, which I can prove. --Simplex~plwiki (talk) 07:11, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

I just edited this page from my second account on the same IP address to prove both accounts are mine --SimplexPL (talk) 07:11, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

I assume this tool can be used to merge my accounts:

  Done Please, login as SimplexPL and merge your local account on plwiki into your global account. Ruslik (talk) 13:54, 22 April 2015 (UTC)


Hello. I want to see the content and result of the polls, but Special:SecurePoll does not have a link to the individual poll page... How can I do that?--MisterSanderson (talk) 14:33, 14 June 2015 (UTC)

You should use Ruslik (talk) 20:56, 14 June 2015 (UTC)
All polls are grey there too.--MisterSanderson (talk) 20:29, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

Unrenderable characters in Wiktionary page

A series of characters in the page

can't be rendered in any font that I've tried, and I can't figure out what's wrong. They represent roughly the word "satem". How does one determine what font is needed, and install it?

(If I'm asking this in the wrong place, sorry, and would appreciate a pointer to the right one.)

I think this font would work. Or any of these. PiRSquared17 (talk) 04:50, 18 November 2015 (UTC)

Vandalizm in Azwiki

Have vandalizm here. Please protect that page. We do not have arbitration and appellate courts. To whom should I complain? With whom I will discuss? Can you answer my question? If local sysops vandals. Steward writes:the stewards are not going to be able to assist with this.?! --Idin Mammadof 10:19, 10 August 2015 (UTC)

I'm not sure what you mean, but I think SRM or SN would be more appropriate places to request action. If this is about admin abuse, maybe an RFC would be better, although they usually take a long time to produce any result at all. PiRSquared17 (talk) 04:53, 18 November 2015 (UTC)


Hi, not sure this is the right spot, but here goes: I recently noticed that on most wikis, the skin defined in my preferences had been changed from MonoBook to Vector. Anybody any idea why this happened and how I can revert that change on as many wikis as possible? Thanks. --Randykitty (talk) 14:48, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

I noticed the same thing. Does anyone know if it's possible set your skin to monobook globally? PiRSquared17 (talk) 04:56, 18 November 2015 (UTC)

Automatic archiving help

Can someone please help me to set up automatic archiving on my user talk page? It's getting huge because of botspam I subscribe to. I already tried setting up MiszaBot, but it didn't work. PiRSquared17 (talk) 04:46, 18 November 2015 (UTC)

Quoting/citing my contributions to Wikipedia

Hello, I have the unusual problem of citing myself for my contributions to Wikipedia. Let me explain:

In 2008, I made major contributions on Wikipedia to the French version of the “Chinese Cuisine” page and I added a new page concerning “Techniques/Ingredients/Cooking methods/etc”.

In 2011, I self-published the first edition of my cookbook (in French) in which I used some of my own text from the Wikipedia pages but without acknowledgement.

I would like to correct this mistake in my second edition. Does someone know how I should refer to my text on the Wikipedia pages?

Thanks and have a good day. Georges

You could follow guidelines at en:Wikipedia:Reusing_Wikipedia_content, but I doubt that you has any obligation to attribute your own text. Ruslik (talk) 11:39, 30 December 2015 (UTC)
  • Yes, you do have such an obligation. I assume the book will be copyrighted. However, the text published on WP is published under a Creative Commons Attribution license and this has to be noted in your book, to make it clear that the parts copied from WP do not fall under the copyright of the book itself. Instructions are given in the link that Ruslik0 provided. --Randykitty (talk) 10:10, 31 December 2015 (UTC)


Hi I wish to create a profile/biography for a former professional rugby player, using existing styles and formats. I have previously tried to imiatate other profiles by cutting/pasting/modifying without result. Can anyone help me to do this simply and effeciently? Thanks —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Beziers01 (talk)

You should ask at en:Wikipedia:Help desk, not here. Meta is a different project form the English Wikimedia. Ruslik (talk) 13:17, 16 March 2016 (UTC)


How does Template:Se-banner. Is it invoking any script or module page? Can a similar voting option may be used outside Steward election? -- Tito Dutta (talk) 21:14, 17 February 2016 (UTC)

Yes that template often use for election.AYST201 (talk) 08:04, 25 April 2016 (UTC)

any template for distinguishing Meta itself from a mirror?

I'd like a standard way to say on a userspace page something like, "This is not an essay. If you find this page on any site other than ... [Meta], you are viewing a mirror site. Be aware that the page may be outdated and that the user to whom this page belongs may have no personal affiliation with any site other than ... [Meta] itself. The original page is located at ... [URL]." Such a template is in English Wikipedia. Is there one for this in Meta? Nick Levinson (talk) 06:05, 6 April 2016 (UTC)

Don't load image from commons with uc mini.

can you solve it how to able with other browser without error. AYST201 (talk) 07:59, 25 April 2016 (UTC)

Request for revising of admin rights and getting unblocked

Discussion moved here. --Obsuser (talk) 12:59, 13 May 2016 (UTC)

Any way to sort under multiple sort keys?

I spend most of my time lately on the EN Wiktionary adding and editing Japanese entries. These present a real problem for categorization in the wiki, as a single spelling may have multiple pronunciations, and Japanese dictionaries generally index by pronunciation.


The Japanese male given name spelled could be read variously as, and should be indexed under, all of the following:

  1. はかる (Hakaru)
  2. きよし (Kiyoshi)
  3. のぶ (Nobu)
  4. おさむ (Osamu)
  5. せいじ (Seiji)
  6. しずむ (Shizumu)
  7. やす (Yasu)
  8. やすし (Yasushi)

However, due to the limitations of how category sorting is currently implemented, the page can only ever be indexed under one listing at wikt:Category:Japanese_male_given_names. The MediaWiki software appears to use the value of the last sort argument provided in the wikitext of the page, ignoring any previous values. The workarounds that folks have come up with include creating empty pages redirecting to the intended entry page, and using the same entry headword plus some non-rendering character, but this is cludgy at best, and is increasingly untenable for each additional index.

This is a huge problem for Japanese entries. Almost all Japanese entries that are kanji-only spellings, and even many spellings that include phonetic kana, have multiple readings. These entries should be indexed under all of those readings. I know of no feasible way to make this work in the current MediaWiki implementation.

One simple example: wikt:桜花 should appear twice in wikt:Category:Japanese_nouns, once under the reading おうか (ōka) and once under the reading さくらばな (sakurabana). Checkingおうか shows that the entry is missing entirely here, despite the wikitext on the entry page itself clearly listing it as a Japanese noun with a reading of おうか. Checkingさくらばな shows the entry 桜花 in its second expected list location, collated under さくらばな.

Is there any clean way of categorizing a single page under multiple category indices? If not, could this feature be added in a future version of the MW software? Eiríkr ÚtlendiTala við mig 23:23, 20 June 2016 (UTC)

Feminism page is down

Internet troll put the page down please fix, you don't understant Wikitext. Please learn to use it. For example, if you only break in the source, the display can't have a break, so you should break twice (leave a blank line in the source). Also, you must sign at the end of your comment. And, I don't understant what you said.--SolidBlock (talk) 12:51, 24 June 2016 (UTC)

Problems in Using Chinese Language

Languages zh-hans and zh-cn of translating seemed to be not allowed. (They truly needen't be allow because it can auto be changed from only zh.) But, when I set my language to zh-hans, Special:MyLanguage (like Special:MyLanguage/Help:Unified login) didn't redirect to zh. Can the problem be solved?--SolidBlock (talk) 10:34, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

(I'm not good at English. Maybe you can see in Chinese)

像zh-hans或zh-cn这样的语言好像被禁止翻译了。(确实不必要启用,因为可以自动从zh转换。)但是,当我将语言设为zh-hans时,Special:MyLanguage(例如 Special:MyLanguage/Help:Unified login)并没有重定向到中文。这个问题能够解决吗?--SolidBlock (talk) 10:34, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

Maybe this is a problem on your wiki. Thanks for inform. AYST201 (talk) 08:00, 25 April 2016 (UTC)
What means "on my wiki"? I mean Special:MyLanguage. If I set my lang to zh-cn, zh-hans, zh-hant, zh-tw, zh-hk..., Special:MyLanguage all should redirect to zh with a "variant=...". But in fact it doesn't redirect unless I use only "zh". I'm not good at English. If you mean you're trying to solve the problem, thanks.--SolidBlock (talk) 12:46, 24 June 2016 (UTC)

Data Import

I am preparing a privately hosted public wiki (Wikimedia 1.27.0). The data sits in a MySQL database. I am searching for information on how to populate the wiki pages with this data.Soubanikhaled (talk) 16:23, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

I need Help in post an article of an artiest

Can any body talk up this task away from me and help me save my job? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Globalscopeng (talk)

You should ask on en:Help desk. Ruslik (talk) 17:45, 11 July 2016 (UTC)

Who manages the use of SecurePoll and how?

I am looking for documentation on the use of SecurePoll. If anyone knows how it may be used in Wikimedia community elections, such as for chapters, please share whatever you know at Talk:SecurePoll. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:04, 14 July 2016 (UTC)

Usually by screaming loud enough until someone in Support and Safety bothers. Nemo 17:18, 14 July 2016 (UTC)

I am preparing a privately hosted public wiki (Wikimedia 1.27.0). The data for the wiki sits in a local MySQL database. I am searching for information on how to populate wiki pages with data extracted from the database.--Soubanikhaled (talk) 16:18, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

why have I been blocked from editing?

Some guy nicknamed Vituzzu blocked me from editing because of some supposed cross meta talk. I have never done anything! In fact I haven't even been on Wikipedia as an editor for months except to create one article. I really resent being blocked for no reason and with no warning or discussion about this. I am really seriously wondering why I bother with wiki at all. No appreciation for what we do and stupid things like this block coming up. Reefswaggie user talk: reefswaggie —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Reefswaggie (talk)

You are not blocked anywhere. You, probably, got caught up in a global block of an IP address. You can apply for an exemption. Ruslik (talk) 19:44, 12 September 2016 (UTC)


For example: If in cases of big cities I have a pages called "[[Mayor of New York]]", but in other (smaller) towns I have "[[Durango#Mayor]]" sections ... I want a "Mayors" Category that lists as {"Durango","New York"}... so when the user clicks on "New York" they get taken to the FIRST page of "[[Mayor of New York]]" and when they click on "Durango" they get taken to the sub-section page of "[[Durango#Mayor]]" ... Is this possible? Maybe the only solution to split Durango#Mayor section into it own page?? Hints welcome. 13:17, 12 September 2016 (UTC)

You can create "[[Mayor of Durango]]" as a redirect to "[[Durango#Mayor]]" and categorize it into "Mayor" category. Ruslik (talk) 19:40, 12 September 2016 (UTC)

Trying to find something

A couple months ago I came across what was either an essay or a policy page that included the information "People who want to be unblocked from one part of the project should make 'meaningful contributions to other parts of the project.'" I've since run searches and can't find it again. Does anyone know where it is? Thanks. Darkfrog24 (talk) 12:17, 3 October 2016 (UTC)

New language requested

I have requested a Wikipedia Braille in . It is correctly requested? -- 14:44, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

Well, that table only is a "table of contents" for the Incubator. To make a request, see Langcom/handbook. --MF-W 15:21, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

My profile

Hi!!! Whenever I write my on my User Page or on my talk page wiki automatically deletes them. What is the point of those pages, if wiki constantly deletes them. I can't even add a picture of myself because the program claims that I wasn't it's original artist??? What do I need to do to make those pages sharable? :(
--ShadyMasterJ wiki (talk) 20:21, 7 October 2016 (UTC)

Hi @ShadyMasterJ wiki you should write at here only for inform shouldn't details. Murbaut (talk) 11:46, 1 November 2016 (UTC)
Alright. Thanks @Murbaut wiki. --ShadyMasterJ wiki (talk) 21:33, 9 November 2016 (UTC)

Issue with language code "ase"

The language code "ase" (American Sign Language) doesn't seem to work correctly in user language boxes. See my userpage for an example: next to "ase-1", it reads "This user has basic knowledge of English" (rather than American Sign Language). If someone could let me know how to fix this, I would very much appreciate it. Thank you! Mx. Granger (talk) 12:24, 23 November 2016 (UTC)

how about some help?

deleting my post isn't what i would call helpful.... figuring some admin might be better than that for noobs here. that sucked.. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Hvytoys 1 (talk)

Which your post was deleted. Ruslik (talk) 17:36, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

Global user page

If I nominate my local pt-wiki user page for deletion, will I be able to use my global page there as well? What about the other wikis where I had already created an user page before? --ArgonSim (talk) 17:12, 30 November 2016 (UTC)

Yes, your global user page will be shown there. Regarding your user pages in other wikis, you need to request deletion as well. LlamaAl (talk) 18:23, 30 November 2016 (UTC)

Tools question

I know this isn't quite the right place to ask, so feel free to direct me if needed. Does anyone know if CrossCats is still available? The link from Tool Labs uses CatScan 2, which is now PetScan. I'm guessing that is the problem? Every option I've tried gives the message: "Fatal error: Call to a member function options() on boolean in /data/project/catscan2/public_html/ on line 508" Thanks for any help! --Tbennert (talk) 23:52, 4 December 2016 (UTC)

I guess the "official" answer is that you should try to use PetScan for that. Have you tried? --Nemo 09:05, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
Yes, but I can't find how to do the same thing. None of the examples show checking against all other languages. Using Wikidata doesn't work because items don't include categories they are linked to (which would be a nightmare). Thanks though! --Tbennert (talk) 15:52, 5 December 2016 (UTC)

foreign characters

The Proposed Wikipedia policy on foreign characters page [[1]] seems to be deprecated and I can't find any other guidance. Can anyone please guide me as to the current policy ? specifically I am looking at [[2]] Is it acceptable to use Crișan for every mention of Krishan ? I have no idea how ș is pronounced and assume sh is the closest available English translation Unibond (talk) 21:17, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

The meta page that you cite is so old that it is now irrelevant. For the English Wikipedia policy regarding article titles, see en:WP:UE. Ruslik (talk) 16:42, 7 January 2017 (UTC)
many thanks :-) Unibond (talk) 23:38, 7 January 2017 (UTC)

Metadata cleanup

Aloha! Is there any reason not to move all/most files from Meta to Commons? Seems the 2014 cleanup drive stalled at some point: [3] --Hedwig in Washington (talk) 23:38, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

Pages MediaWiki

How can I get access to edit and create pages MediaWiki without administrator flag, directly in specific projects? Is it possible? Thanks!--Асилзода talk 13:46, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

Disambiguation, surname pages and list of people with the same surname

Per d:Wikidata:WikiProject Disambiguation pages/guidelines:

Many Wikipedias have pages which list people with the same surname. Sometimes these pages also have a discussion of the origin and usage of that surname, making them more like an article. Sometimes these pages also list places or other things which use that surname - making them more like general disambiguation pages. As long as these pages contain a template containing __DISAMBIG__, they can be linked to other disambiguation pages. Sometimes pages should probably be made into disambiguation pages or disambiguation pages should be turned into surname articles.

Problem is, not all Wikipedia projects in various languages have rules or guidelines that would dictate when a surname page or a list of articles about people with the same surname, separate from a disambiguation page, needs to be created. In fact, some of them don't allow creating such lists! As a result, it is impossible to link nearly identical disambiguation, surname pages and lists of people with the same surname in various languages among themselves in Wikidata. For example, for English Wikipedia, this is covered under en:Wikipedia:Disambiguation. Is it possible to develop portions of this guideline into rule spanning all Wikimedia Foundation language projects? What would be the best place to initiate such discussion? --Wiking (talk) 21:18, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

fundamental categories

hi all, i need to do a category tree with some meaning. Something like fundamental categories and so on. You can see an example in Portals:Contents/Categories but that is hand-made. I should do it programmatically The preceding unsigned comment was added by Eliabntt94 (talk • contribs) 09:40, 22 February 2017‎ (UTC) (UTC)

Need help reverting or updating an image page

I tried to a new version of Diagram of Hard Disk Drive Manufacturer Consolidation.svg which was the same as a prior version but that didn't seem to take. So I tried reverting back to the last good version, namely that of 19:34, 17 April 2017 but that didn't seem to work. Would appreciate some help in reverting to the correct version. Telling me what I did wrong would also be appreciated. Thanks in advance Tom94022 (talk) 01:36, 4 May 2017 (UTC)

You successfully uploaded multiple new versions and successfully reverted to your first version. However when you upload something the new version takes some time to take hold due to caching. Ruslik (talk) 08:45, 4 May 2017 (UTC)

Programs & Events Dashboard

aqui pone que está traducido al 100% lo cual no es cierto, estoy tratando de traducirlo pero solo me salen los tres subtítulos ya traducidos y no el resto. --Jcfidy (Cuentame) (talk) 09:29, 8 May 2017 (UTC)

Coordinating changes among projects

I've recently changed the name of an English Wikipedia article -- from Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort to Oasis at Death Valley ( I see that the old name appears in other projects: Commons ( and related items); Wikidata ( and Spanish Wikipedia ( Is there someone / some group I should notify about this, so folks can determine if a change is appropriate for each of the projects? I know almost nothing about Commons, nothing at all about Wikidata, and don't speak Spanish. --Traveling Man (talk) 23:58, 10 June 2017 (UTC)

You should request a rename on all projects separately. Ruslik (talk) 08:36, 11 June 2017 (UTC)
Thanks! --Traveling Man (talk) 17:15, 11 June 2017 (UTC)

Sub-Category Article count

In my main category where the sub categories display is there a way to make the sub category pages display the number of articles they contain?

Are not they already displayed? Ruslik (talk) 17:45, 20 June 2017 (UTC)

How to add custom styles to a page?

I thought of using the layout-grid Material design component on my user page to make the userboxes respond to different screen sizes. It requires custom CSS styles that have to be loaded when my user page is loaded. Where should I place the CSS styles so that they get loaded each time my use page gets loaded? N.B.: I can't place them inline, see for yourself - - Kaartic correct me, if i'm wrong 07:31, 2 September 2017 (UTC)

Question bank

I have left a question here. NehalDaveND (talk) 11:22, 9 September 2017 (UTC)

Sustainability a coined word

Dear helping Forum

Before I can begin to explain my problem, my very first article today was immediately deleted due to breaching rules of containing links to a business and business operations, due to the business is the same as the invention equally to the word Sustainability and Sustainability Professionals wm

In 1987 the UNIPCCC environment group was lead by Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland and they came up with the idea of "creating" a new word referred to as Sustainability. In fact they did not have any lead political agenda, nor a political solution or goal all UN countries could be united around, then came Sustainable and Sustainability as their own coined words. The idea they had found inside the European Forestry Research centre in Germany and they again had obtained their 300-year-old ideas from a CEO and owner of many smelting industries and mining operations around in Saxony and his first book from 1713 where he coined the German word "Nachhaltigkeit". Both these two industries was depending on a constant access to affordable lumber to secure the mines and for firewood to the furnaces, the UN group most likely understood this German story to be about operational safety and their needs to "sustain" the mine shafts from collapsing even the German word for the English web to Sustain is: “Aufrechtzuerhalten” or “Unterstützen”

“Nachhaltikeit” was coined when the CEO advised “future generations” to avoid adverse impact on nature and biodiversity as it will harm both business, the society and stakeholder economy. This situation was to be avoided, not sustained, and in all future business development taken into consideration in their planning to minimize and avoid further negative consequences over 10 000 people did while suffering from hunger and diseases.

I have tried to explain for over a decade why Sustainability was not working and why there were no other green benefits than billions or earned green Dollars, I then decided to coin the word “Impactivation” to introduce a system based on Nachhaltigkeit and how this should be used in today’s modern society. The system minimises and avoid risk of adverse impact creating negative consequences in all connections and in way of being used, delivering measurable results for accountability as the UN still is asking for is part of this logic.

I have now started the company Impactivation Systems Ltd, in the same way over 300 000 Sustainability professionals are wording their activities and businesses as Sustainability and I do not know how I can write about this important development without telling how it can be used.

Can anyone please help me?

Thank you


Wikipedia does not publish original research or promotional content. Ruslik (talk) 20:10, 12 September 2017 (UTC)

Page move request

Can someone please move Flow --> Structured Discussions, as the software name has been changed. Thanks, Daylen (talk) 02:54, 26 September 2017 (UTC)

Delete user page

I have a blank user page I would like to delete. Is there a template on meta for that purpose? Best Regards, Barbara (WVS) (talk) 22:12, 27 November 2017 (UTC)

{{Delete}} Stryn (talk) 22:13, 27 November 2017 (UTC)

A lot of "multiple failed attempts"

Hello guys, I have been receiving "multiple failed attempts" everyday. Apparently someone is trying a brute-force attack on my username. I am ignoring this emails, but it's really annoying. I changed my password to protect my account (something like more than 15 chars). Do you have any suggestions? --Joseph (talk) 18:04, 5 February 2018 (UTC)


Currently I have a specific watchlist for each project I usually edit. Can I unify all my watchlists in a single one ?--3knolls (talk) 13:38, 1 April 2018 (UTC)

No, you can not although there is such a project. Ruslik (talk) 17:45, 1 April 2018 (UTC)


I would like to request to be an Transwiki importer on the Simple English Wiktionary to import pages from Simple English Wikipedia that have the dicdef template and are candidates to be copied to Simple English Wiktionary. However, none f the Simple English Wiktionary admins can give this right and it asks me to request it at Meta. Where can I request the importer right specifically for the Simple English Wiktionary? Pkbwcgs (talk) 15:55, 2 April 2018 (UTC)

See SRP#Miscellaneous_requests. Ruslik (talk) 20:44, 2 April 2018 (UTC)

Display event information in local time zone

Is it possible to get Meta to display the time for Events in my local time zone instead of UTC? Example: WikiClubWest/2018 Digitization workshop

In my Preferences, Appearance I have selected the correct time zone. In my Wikipedia Preferences, Gadgets there is an option to "Change UTC-based times ... to local time", but that option doesn't appear under Meta, Preferences, Gadgets. Mitch Ames (talk) 08:44, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

A "Children's Wikipedia"?

I had this idea suddenly pop into my head. Would it be possible to create a version of Wikipedia targeted mainly at children? It could have very simple text, more images, and focus on subjects relevant to kids. And how would I go about setting it up? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Rilancia (talk)

This is a perennial proposal. Ruslik (talk) 19:36, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

WIKT: "Japanese terms spelled with" category sorting issue

On Wiktionary, I've encountered a kana-sorting problem many times before in categories for Japanese terms by kanji (as in "Category:Japanese terms spelled with [kanji]," or "Category:Japanese terms spelled with [kanji] read as [kana]"). The problem is that a term newly added to the category will be sorted under its first kanji, rather than under its first kana. For example, in my adding 聖句 to Category:Japanese terms spelled with 句 read as く, "聖句" has become sorted under , when it should be listed under .

Since it is a fairly prevalent problem from what I have seen, are there any steps I could take to resolve the issue? BlueCaper (talk) 07:38, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

Deleting old version of file ?

Hello, I am a newbie in Wikimedia picture uploading, so here is the situation :

There was a file, of ~100kB, that needed an update > So I updated it, but the file I created was 15MB > It was way to big, so I "reverted" the file to its older version (and then, create an updated file of ~100kB and uploaded it, but this is not interesting here).

So in a list of old version of file that weight ~100kB, we have one of ~15MB that has never been actually used. This is a waste of space, and useless since it's actually here because of a technical user mistake. Should we delete this ? Is this possible ? How to do ?

Thanks Motiss (talk) 10:06, 27 June 2018 (UTC)

Deleting them on MediaWiki interface actually don't 'delete' them from the storage, MediaWiki just marks the file as 'deleted' and hides this so only admins can see it. 15MB is quite a small size, so you can just leave it as is. — regards, Revi 10:30, 27 June 2018 (UTC)

Spanish Wikipedia blackout

I've been trying to edit in the Spanish Wikipedia, and the constant redirects to "Wikipedia:Comunicado 4 julio 2018" are making work impossible. While I understand this is highly relevant for net neutrality regarding users in Europe, I am not located there and have no influence with any member of the European Parliament. The banner is now replacing every single page I request, and the result is that a detailed edit has had to be abandoned in the middle, and hours of work have been lost. I understand the wish to call attention to this important issue, but is it really necessary to trash good work in order to do so? Especially work done by someone who can't influence the outcome of that vote? Frenezulo (talk) 14:58, 4 July 2018 (UTC)

Frenezulo Hello. Please disable Javascript for Wikipedia in your browser's settings and you should be able to edit. Regards, —MarcoAurelio (talk) 15:12, 4 July 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for your help! I tried this on Firefox and Chrome. It lets me read, but doesn't allow editing (the tabs don't appear). Frenezulo (talk) 15:34, 4 July 2018 (UTC)
The good news is the edit was actually saved. Frenezulo (talk) 15:40, 4 July 2018 (UTC)